Regular performances in some of the world's most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium's status as one of Britain's most outstanding period instrument ensembles.


Director: Ashley Solomon

Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire. Florilegium regularly collaborate with some of the world's finest musicians including Dame Emma Kirkby, Robin Blaze and Elin Manahan Thomas.

Concert venues include Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York).

Among the numerous residencies Florilegium have held was Ensemble-in-Residence at London's Wigmore Hall from 1998 to 2000, performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall's education work. Since September 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music, where they take five string, wind and keyboard coaching sessions each term on 18th century baroque repertoire.

2015-16 will be the group’s 25th anniversary season, with concerts nationwide, including Scotland and Wales. There are concerts from Steyning (near Worthing) in the South, with Tonbridge and Stour Festival in Kent, to Bath and Truro in the West as well as Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Beverley Early Music Festival, and a memorial concert for Christopher Hogwood in Cambridge. London concerts include two in Kings Place (including one with a baroque dancer), LSO St Lukes, the Royal Festival Hall for St Matthew Passion and B Minor Mass, Southwark Cathedral for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and two concerts in Wigmore Hall, one with baritone Roderick Williams and culminating in the 25th anniversary concert in June, of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos.

Florilegium’s recordings for Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d’Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium’s CD of Telemann’s Paris Quartets Vol 2 received the Classical Internet Award from Classicstoday.com. The Bach Cantatas disc with Johannette Zomer was awarded a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume of Baroque Music from Bolivian Missions was nominated for a 2008 BBC Music Magazine award, and BBC Music Magazine selected volume 3 as Disc of the Month for April 2010. A recording of Vivaldi, released in January 2012, was rated “Outstanding” by International Record Review and was Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review. A disc of Florilegium's arrangements of Bach's Organ Trio Sonatas, released in summer 2012, was immediately awarded CD of the Week by The Sunday Times. Future releases include a CD of Handel. Most recently saw the release of Florilegium’s 25th recording, the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos, which was awarded a Dutch Luister 10 Award, Classical CD Choice CD of the Month and was Classic FM Featured Album on 10 November 2014, a week before its official UK release date.

The year 2016 marks Florilegium's 25th Anniversary which is celebrated with the brand new release Telemann: Concertos & Cantata 'Ihr Völker hört'. The limited edition of the autumn 2016 includes a free sampler CD which consists of tracks carefully selected by Ashley Solomon and which can be listened to as a Florilegium recital. Upon release, the recording immediately received Gramophone's "Editor's Choice" in their September 2016 issue and was elected "Recording of the Month" in the October 2016 issue of BBC Music Magazine. Florilegium will visit The Netherlands for two 25th Anniversary concerts in December 2016.



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